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Favorite Tom Petty Song

Entertainment Posted by glen 1 week, 2 days ago

Tom has passed, and I've been reflecting on the huge musical impact he had on my life.

This question was brought up in last week's podcast, and it was hard to pin down for me. I think if I had a gun to my head, I'd say it was I Won't Back Down. The man knew how to write a hook.

What's yours?

Edit: After giving a listen to a stellar Tom Petty playlist, I've revised my answer to a two-way tie: I Won't Back Down and Learning to Fly.

Second Edit: I've taken our answers and created a YouTube playlist to enjoy the favorites from the community. I'll continue to add to it as more answers come in.

8 replies

  • elancaster65

    Yep. My two as well. Being a pilot, Learning to Fly is an obvious choice (also one of my Fave Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters songs!). I Won't Back Down I used to sneak into the rotation when I played the music before, between and after services at church. I'm a rebel like that...


  • brian

    Breakdown. It was overshadowed by American Girl, but being the first single they ever released, I really like that it was a slow, smooth 1980s groove — an interesting way to start off your career since he was known later for more driving rock songs.


    • glen

      True story: I was listening to this song driving down the highway with a friend near my high school when... yep, my car broke down.

      Great song, crappy car.